Gregorio Petit
Gregorio Petit: Non-tendered by Angels
Gregorio Petit, 2B, LAA
12/2/2016
News: Petit was non-tendered by the Angels on Friday, making him a free agent.

Petit was designated for assignment by the Angels in late November to make 40-man room, and will now take his talents elsewhere. The 31-year-old posted a .245/.299/.348 line in 2016 while playing five different positions on defense, so he could have some value to teams as a utility man.

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Brett Lawrie
White Sox's Brett Lawrie: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
Brett Lawrie, 2B, CHW
12/2/2016
News: Lawrie agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The 26-year-old took a significant pay cut ($600,000-plus) to remain with the White Sox following another disappointing campaign. Lawrie was limited to 94 games due to hamstring issues and struggled to a .248/.310/.413 line when on the field. It'll be a make-or-break season for the former top prospect.

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Tyler Saladino
White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Feels no pain following back injury
Tyler Saladino, 2B, CHW
12/1/2016
News: Saladino is no longer feeling pain in his back and seems confident that his herniated disk is under control, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

His breakout 2016 season ended on Sept. 21 due to the back injury, but Saladino feels the injury is behind him. Last season, he slashed .282/.315/.409 with eight home runs, 38 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 319 plate appearances across 93 games. It seems he'll open spring training with a clean bill of health, when he'll look to lock down a full-time starting position. Last season, he started double-digit games at second base, third base and shortstop.

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Michael Martinez
Indians' Michael Martinez: Signs minor league deal with Indians
Michael Martinez, 2B, CLE
12/1/2016
News: Martinez signed a minor league deal with a spring training invite with the Indians on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Martinez's chances to make the major league roster will rely on a 40-man spot opening up for him and the Indians needing depth somewhere on defense. He's 34 years old and has a career-high OPS of .624, so the ceiling here is extraordinarily low.

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Darwin Barney
Darwin Barney: Awaiting Toronto's decision
Darwin Barney, 2B, TOR
12/1/2016
News: The Blue Jays are undecided on whether to retain Barney, who is eligible for arbitration, for the 2017 season, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

Teams have until Friday at 11:59 PM to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Toronto has four players who fall into that category, but Barney appears to be the only one whose status remains in question. Barney is projected to earn $1.6 million next season, but that number seems a little low. The 31-year-old made $1 million in 2016 after he signed with the club as a free agent, but he was eligible for arbitration in 2015 and earned $2.5 million. The utility man played several positions and slashed .269/.297/.373 over 104 games for the Jays in 2016, well above his career line of .249/.297/.343.

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Nolan Fontana
Angels' Nolan Fontana: Claimed by Angels
Nolan Fontana, 2B, LAA
11/22/2016
News: Fontana was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Tuesday.

Fontana struggled mightily at the Triple-A level, holding a batting average below the dreaded Mendoza Line and striking out in more than one-quarter of his at-bats, which led the Astros to expose him to waivers. That being said, the 25-year-old does possess some defensive utility across the infield and has a knack for drawing walks, but these positives likely limit his upside to that of a reserve at the major league level even if his batting average improves.

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Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Undergoes knee surgery
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
11/18/2016
News: Travis underwent knee surgery Friday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. He is expected to be fully ready by spring training.

There was nothing to suggest the procedure was more invasive than the standard arthroscopic surgery. Travis was limited throughout October after an MRI revealed a bone bruise as well a small flap of cartilage caught between the joint in his knee. If healthy, Travis will almost certainly open 2017 as the Blue Jays' starting second baseman.

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Doug Bernier
Rangers' Doug Bernier: Re-signs with Rangers on minor league deal
Doug Bernier, 2B, TEX
10/28/2016
News: Bernier signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Friday.

Bernier slashed .275/.350/.411 with 10 home runs at Triple-A Round Rock last season, but at age 36, he offers little upside going forward. He'll likely act as organizational infield depth for the season.

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Jason Kipnis
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Hitless in Game 1
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
10/26/2016
News: Kipnis (ankle) went 0-for-5 in Game 1 of the World Series.

He is dealing with a significant ankle sprain that would likely sideline him for at least a few games if this were the regular season. The Indians will presumably continue to roll with Kipnis, who will be heavily medicated, but it would not be surprising if his performance is not up to par due to the injury.

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Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Has minor knee surgery
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
10/13/2016
News: Pedroia underwent minor surgery on his left knee and is expected to be ready for spring training, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.

He had a left knee arthroscopy (partial medial meniscectomy, chondroplasty) Thursday to treat an injury he suffered in mid-September. Pedroia had his best offensive season since 2011, finishing fourth in runs (105) and fifth in batting average (.318) among qualified second basemen.

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